The Rottweiler is a tough, protective, and loyal canine that is a great favorite among families and singles alike. They are known for their calm demeanor, intelligence, and confidence. Their main attribute, however, is their excellent guard dog capabilities.
This fierce-looking pup is also easy to spot for its size and fur color. They have the slick and smooth dark coloring that gives them a stoic yet beautiful appearance. Contrary to popular opinion, this canine comes in more than one coat style; however, there are actually five colors you can choose from.
Recognized Rottweiler Colors
Also known as the Rottie, this breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club. As we mentioned above, there are five known fur colors for this dog, yet only three of them are recognized by the AKC.
As this dog is on top of the working-class canine group, many pet parents are opting to show their Rotties at competitions. For them to qualify, their fur coloring needs to fall within these guidelines set forth by the AKC:
The 5 Rottweiler Color Combinations
In addition to the AKC-recognized colors, rottweilers may have a total of five colors or combinations.
1. Black and Mahogany Rottweiler
This first coat type is the most common color associated with the Rottweiler. They have the darkest coloring among their other counterparts. This is most apparent with their markings that are a rich brown, cognac color that gives them a handsome and robust appearance.
2. Black and Rust Rottweiler
This next color combo is another common Rottie coat. In fact, many people are not able to tell the difference between rust and mahogany fur. The rust, however, is a bit lighter and not quite as deep or rich as the first. Interestingly, there are only two breeds that have what is considered a “true” rust coat: the Rottweiler and the Affenpinscher.
3. Black and Tan Rottweiler
The third and last AKC approved Rottie color combo is black and tan. This pup has the lightest markings of the other two with a cooler undertone. Also, although tan and black are common colors in the canine community, it is rarer in the Rottweiler breed. On the other hand, as this pup is popular, you will most likely run into one at some point.
4. Red Rottweiler
The red-coated Rottie is the rarest of this breed. They do not have the black saddle pattern in their fur, and they are often mistaken for other breeds. It’s also important to note that, besides the health issues we mentioned above, many of these pups are bred unethically due to their unique rarity. It is possible to have a “surprise” red puppy in a Rottweiler litter, but because they have been bred with the black fur gene for so long, it is not likely.
5. Blue Rottweiler
Blue is the last Rottie color, and it is also rare; although, not as rare as red. Like we talked about above, blue furred-dogs often suffer from health issues, so it is not a lucky color to be, but they are stunning to look at. With the Rottweiler, the color can look blue, gray, slate, or even silver. This color occurs when the black pigment is diluted causing it to be lighter. Typically, a blue Rottie will have various tones as the other “fewer colors” may still be present.
Besides the coat colors, they also need to have specific markings that we will discuss next.
Rottweiler Markings and Patterns
As far as the Rottie patterns, they have what is typically known as the saddle pattern. This makes them look like they are wearing a “saddle” on their back. This is also defined by having a lighter coloring on their belly, legs, paws, and face.
The base of the Rottweiler’s coat is typically black, but some have a diluted base causing them to have a lighter fur color.
As we mentioned, however, the AKC only recognizes three fur colors for a purebred Rottie. Not only that, but they have defined markings that should be apparent on their coat. These marks, though it can vary, should only take up ten percent of their fur.
Take a look at these coat markings below:
Again, these are all markings and spots that need to be present if you wish to show your Rottweiler at dog shows. If these marks are not present, you will not be able to qualify, yet there are no other known health or temperament concerns if they do not possess them.
Other Rottweiler Coat Details
Besides those guidelines, there are some other details you should note about this breed. For example, although it has more to do with their physique than their fur, the Rottweiler’s tail should be docked. This means the excess tail is removed when they are puppies to “improve” their appearance.
There are a few other details, such as:
As you can see from above, the three accepted Rottie colors (besides black) are mahogany, rust, and tan. There are two other colors, however, that are uncommon. These two colors are blue and red. While they are interesting to look at, there have been some issues associated with both fur colors.
In the Red Rottweilers case, many experts believe that there are no purebred redhead Rotties. That being said, those that argue that they do exist, are confident in the idea that they are heavily crossbred causing many health issues. They can have heart disease, joint problems, and eye conditions.
When it comes to the blue side of Rottweilers, they are likely to develop a condition called alopecia, which affects their skin and coat. This is not an ailment centered on Rotties, either. Many blue-coated dogs suffer from this malady as a result of their fur.
Usually, you will notice signs of alopecia within the first few years of your dog’s life. Their fur can become brittle and thin in spots. They can also have skin rashes and other uncomfortable conditions. You will likely need to consult a vet about these problems.
We hope that you have enjoyed this review of the five different Rottweiler colors. Each one of them is beautiful and striking, but as you can see, some of the rarer tones have their consequences. Regardless of the color, these dogs are protective, loyal, and loving. They will add comfort to your home, and be a great companion for the whole family.
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